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Cape Girardeau, Missouri Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Cape Girardeau rose 0.6 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Missouri rate. The unemployment rate in Cape Girardeau peaked in October 2009 at 8.3% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Cape Girardeau unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Missouri 3.4% -0.1 -1.1
Cape Girardeau 3.8% +0.6 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Cape Girardeau, Missouri, National

Cape Girardeau, Missouri monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Cape Girardeau, Missouri Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Cape Girardeau peaked in November 2010 at 4,016. There are now 2,332 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,450 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 234. Cape Girardeau employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Cape Girardeau, Missouri) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Cape Girardeau 1,684 +234 -574

Number of Unemployed Persons

Cape Girardeau, Missouri Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Missouri
Unemployment Rate
Cape Girardeau
Unemployment Rate
Cape Girardeau
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.4% 3.8% 1,684
October
2017
4.1% 3.5% 3.2% 1,450
September
2017
4.2% 3.8% 3.8% 1,729
August
2017
4.4% 3.9% 3.8% 1,746
July
2017
4.3% 3.8% 3.7% 1,714
June
2017
4.3% 3.8% 4.0% 1,841
May
2017
4.3% 3.9% 4.3% 2,050
April
2017
4.4% 3.9% 4.2% 1,979
March
2017
4.5% 3.9% 4.0% 1,907
February
2017
4.7% 4.1% 4.4% 2,125
January
2017
4.8% 4.2% 4.7% 2,261

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.